The One about the Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk

Memorial Event for Wayne S. Graczyk Noon to 2 PM., Saturday, May 20, 2017 Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan  You are invited to celebrate the life of Wayne Graczyk, longtime columnist for The Japan Times and Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan (FCCJ) member. Wayne passed away on April 19, 2017 while in Kumamoto to help Nippon Television cover a countryside game between the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. He […]

The One about Kubota Slugger

In the United States, we are accustomed to ordering online for baseball gear these days and while sports shop retailers still exist, you have your department stores that sell baseball gloves and some who go online to find really awesome quality baseball gloves such as Vinci. In Japan, while many are familiar with Mizuno, SSK, Hatakeyama and Zett but another company out there is Kubota Slugger. I recently visited the […]

The One about Masanori “Mashi” Murakami

Before Japanese baseball players such as Ichiro Suzuki, Hideki Matsui, Hideo Nomo played in America for Major League Baseball, there was Masanori Murakami. In 1964, sent to the United Sates by the Nante Hawks, Masanori Murakami became the first baseball player in Japan to play for the MLB. The story of Masanori “Mashi” Murakami is no doubt inspiring and also heartbreaking. In 1964, Murakami became the first Japanese baseball player […]

The One about Purchasing Baseball (NPB) Tickets in Japan

For those who are traveling to Japan and want to watch a baseball game will want to purchase their tickets through sites like While there is a small fee tacked into the price, one must remember that you are literally hiring someone to get you the best seats available (you can let them know which area you prefer to sit), without the hassle, without having to wait in line […]

The One about the Two Tokyo Central League NPB Teams: The Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

New York has the Yankees and the Mets, Los Angeles has the Dodgers and the Angels but yet in two different divisions. In Japan, two of Tokyo’s Nippon Pro Baseball (NPB) Teams, the Giants and Swallows play in the same division and have a heated rivalry. Every major city has their cross-town sports rival. In Tokyo, for Japanese baseball, the Yomiuri Giants and the Tokyo Yakult Swallows have had a […]

The One about Selection (American Sports Good Shop) in Japan

When it comes to sports, I’m passionate with collection New York Yankees merchandise but also Japanese NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) merchandise. In the U.S., I’m pretty supportive of the New York Yankees and their minor league teams, but in Japan, while my favorite team is the Yomiuri Giants (who are called the New York Yankees of Japan), I don’t mind purchasing merchandise of other teams and visiting their ball parks. […]

The One about the Yomiuri Giants Opening Day for 2015

It was opening day for the first game of 2015 as the Yomiuri Giants would begin their season against the Yokohama DeNA Baystars. Having been to the final pre-season game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, I was curious to see how crowded it would be at Tokyo Dome for the first game of the season. A week prior, I was in Yokohama to visit the […]